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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Out With November - - -

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And in with December!!!


Not our first snow of the season - - -


But definitely the most accumulation so far.



It put icing on the trees


Makes me glad I'm not a bird and this isn't my home.


Get inside and curl up by your fire!!!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Have Not Fallen Off the Edge of the World . . .

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I'm still alive and kicking. Just not much in the way of excitement about which to blog.

In the absence of excitement, here are some boring bits:

1) Had 21 people and two doggies here for Thanksgiving. I was busy hosting and never even got out my camera, so no pictures. (But Keri took some and you can see them here if you're interested!) There was plenty of food and lots of fellowship.

2) Been watching NCAA football games on this the last weekend of the regular season. Several upsets in the making - - - more coach shuffling going on.

3) Hubby went fishing. Surprise, surprise!!! Not very warm out there - - - but they don't seem to care about the temperature if the fish are biting, well they don't seem to care about the temperature even when the fish aren't biting!!!!

4) Didn't do ANY Black Friday shopping - - - not even online.

5) My weather bug says we may get a snow storm tomorrow night and into Monday.

6) I told you these would be boring bits!!!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Little Cardinals That Could - - -

.(Photo by Brian Spurlock, US Presswire)

Ball State clinched a perfect regular season, 12-0, last night by beating the Western Michigan Broncos 45 -22 to win the Mac West Title outright for the first time in 60 years.

The Cardinals are one of only four NCAA football programs to remain unbeaten this season.


(Photo by Brian Spurlock/ US Presswire)

Quarterback Nate Davis led the team by gaining 273 yards, throwing for one touchdown, and running for another.


( Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Nate Davis is the face of Ball State football, but five foot six running back MiQuale Lewis is its soul. Lewis rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

Read more about the Pride of Indiana here.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our Angels From Heaven

Came down for a while.

We took them to Steak 'n Shake.


Where they colored with a smile.


Then filled up on cheeseburgers,


Chicken strips and fries,
Which they ate very gladly,
I tell you no lies.

Then we bribed them with shakes
So they'd give us no cries,
But love us until
The two of us dies.
(ignore the bad grammar - - - poetic license ya know!)


On the way home we picked up
Some "health food" for snacks.
Can't have those dear angels
Suffering hunger attacks!!!


Kamma poured the M&M's
Into a toy cup


So Kaeleigh and Mackinley
Could gobble them up!!!


Then it was time
To play with their toys.


And keep themselves busy,
Like good girls and boys.


Kaeleigh made tracks


While Mackinley read - - -


And no one mentioned
It was nearly time for bed.


Kaeleigh completed
The track by herself,


While Mackinley flew
His toy car off a shelf.

But by nine o'clock it was jammies,
Blankies, and pillows for heads.
Then the angels went upstairs
And into their beds.

They slept oh so soundly
Without making a peep
Until the sunshine so rudely
Awoke them from sleep!!!

Then they came down to the kitchen
To sit in their jammies,
Play with Papoo's electronics
And count Kamma's pennies.


On doughnuts and milk
For breakfast did they feast,
Then returned to their folks
Sugared-up little beasts!!!


And Kamma and Papoo
Returned to their life
Very proud of themselves
For causing such strife!!!!

Oh, but it was fun!!
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

And Those Cardinals Keep Rolling Along - - -

.(Photo by Al Goldis - Associated Press)

Little Ball State is STILL undefeated. I thought if they were going to lose it would be last night to Central Michigan. But they beat the Chippewas 31 - 24 and are now 11 - 0.

They're the best football team in Indiana!!!!

You can read about it in the Washington Post.

Go Cards.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

SS Class Reprise

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Remember the Class That Never Quits?

Well thanks to a GREAT idea from my bloggy pal, Julie, I was READY for them this week!!!


OK - - - I'm going in!!!!
Whew!! No falling objects today.


Also no paper work - - - - they're sending me on a "getting cold/hot" search.


Ah, here it is - - - - up on the ceiling, of COURSE!!!!


Group photo before I go about my business.
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Seeing RED

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Friday was a BIG day at school. First it was Grandparent's Day. Then in the evening it was the school auction.

Each faculty and staff member was given a red polo shirt for the occasion.

Imagine my surprise when my friend and co-sponsor of the Freshmen Class, Deb, showed up wearing an identical black sweater jacket over her new red shirt too!!!! TWINS.


"Little Miss Know It All." Our administrative secretary, and that is my inside-joke nickname for her.


Kim.

My FAVORITE Kim story: Being a loving and supportive wife, Kim decided to buy her hubby a Cardinal shirt. He's a Saint Louis Cardinals' fan - - - - she got Louisville!!!!! Oh but he wears it with pride anyway.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

He Can Do It All - - -

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(Photo - Greg Drzazgowski/Icon SMI)

Myron Rolle

He plays football AND
goes for a Rhodes Scholarship interview next Saturday.

Read more about it here and here.

He's my new hero!!!
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Friday, November 14, 2008

I Always Wondered What I Was Worth - - -

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And now I know!!!



Tonight at our annual school auction
I was sold for a "night out."

The parents of two of my students bought me.
Guess what they paid?

I came home and asked hubby what he thought they should have paid - - -
When he paused to think, I told him:
"WRONG ANSWER!!"
"You should have said,
'Honey, they can't afford what you are worth!!'"

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

These Boys THINK They're Funny

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I'm the Sunday School Superintendent. That doesn't really mean I'm the Sunday School Principal - - - it's more like I'm the Sunday School record keeper. Hey, I enjoy tallying up numbers, counting money, and getting all those bills organized in a neat little "all heads going in the same direction" stack - - - so I'm HAPPY.

Part of my job every Sunday morning is collecting attendance sheets and offering envelopes from each class. Most of the time that means walking by in the hallway and picking up the paper work without seeing anyone.

Oh - - - but not so with THIS class!!!! These are the Senior High Boys. They keep my life interesting.


Their teacher gives them guidelines - - - - like they can't draw blood or destroy records - - - but beyond that, only their imaginations are the limit to what they do to my lovely little records each week.


Sometimes they hide their paperwork so I'll have to go on a "treasure hunt" to get it. Once they drew a stick figure diagram on their envelope of me hitting a deer. (Yes, I really did hit a deer - - - but still - - - - )


They've been known to wad the paper up, tear it up (OK - - - so that was a FAKE one, but it seemed real to me at the time) and even turn in a half eaten doughnut and a crushed cup with their offering.


One young man threw every pencil the class had at me one at a time week after week this summer. I'll just let you guess which young man THAT may have been.

This past Sunday they topped it all. Quite literally I might add.

When I got to their room - - - no paper work in the hall. Not unusual so I wasn't surprised. Their door was cracked open, so I motioned to one of them. He pointed behind the door.

As I pushed the door open farther to come in, just LOOK what fell right past my face to my feet!!!!


They had HOPED it would fall over my head and land on my shoulders!!!! That didn't quite happen, but they said the look on my face was priceless.

Oh they were proud.

Like I said - - - they THINK they're funny.
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His Word's His Bond

.(photo by Michael Bruckner)

On my way home from school today I heard Sir Roger Moore on "Talk of the Nation" on NPR.


He was being interviewed about his James Bond memoir. In the interview he shared this story:

Sir Roger had taken his eight year old son out to eat. While in the restaurant, the following conversation ensued:

Son: Daddy, could you beat up anyone in this restaurant?

Sir Roger: (After looking around and seeing that he was considerably younger than anyone there.) Yes son, I think I could.

Son: But Daddy, if James Bond was in here, could you beat HIM up?

Sir Roger: Son, I'M going to be James Bond.

Son: No daddy, I mean the REAL James Bond, Sean Connery!!!
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Too Sick to Blog???

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I have been sick with a cold this week.

I've come home from school each day without even the energy to get on my blog, much less make a post. Some of you have noticed and have started leaving concerned comments.

Awwwwwww thanks!!!! You make me feel missed.

I considered taking a picture of my piles of filled tissues - - - - but decided to spare you that.
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Sky Watch

.Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset


Swiftly flow the days


Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset


Swiftly fly the years


One season following another


Laden with happiness and tears.

(from Fiddler on the Roof)
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